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Colleen Smullen

Wrong Colleen Smullen?

15Th Chief of Police

Phone: (203) ***-****  HQ Phone
West Haven Police Department
200 Saw Mill Rd.
West Haven, Connecticut 06516
United States

Company Description: The mission of the West Haven Police Department is to provide professional, knowledgeable, and thorough law enforcement services to ensure the safety and well being...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Administrative Lieutenant
    Department
  • Certified Assessor
    State of Connecticut Accreditation Program
  • Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice
    Sacred Heart University
  • Statewide Narcotics Task Force

Education

  • FBI National Academy
  • Master of Public Administration
    University of New Haven
  • Bachelor of Science Degree , Economics
    Southern Connecticut State University
  • Master of Science Degree , Education
    University of New Haven
  • Master's Degree , Public Administration
    University of New Haven
  • Bachelor's Degree , Economics
    Southern Connecticut State University
  • Master's of Science Degree , Education
    University of New Haven
15 Total References
Web References
Connecticut Association of Women Police | Awards Presented by the CAWP
www.cawp.net, 30 April 2011 [cached]
1992 Officer Colleen Smullen of the West Haven Police Department
Chief of Police
www.whpd.com, 27 Dec 2009 [cached]
Chief Colleen Smullen was hired as a West Haven Police Officer on June 21, 1985. She began her career serving in
the Patrol Division. In 1987, she was assigned to the Statewide Narcotics Task Force where she worked with State and local law enforcement to combat narcotics distribution in Connecticut. On April 19, 1989 Officer Smullen received the Medal of Honor (the highest commendation awarded by this Department) for her bravery in risking her own life engaged in combat with an armed and dangerous person.
On August 19, 1988, Chief Smullen was searching for an armed gunman who had shot State Trooper John Kucan and West Haven Police Detective Keith Sweeney in the Meloy Road area.
...
In 1991, Officer Smullen was assigned as an investigator to the Detective Division.
On September 10, 1993, she was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division as a supervisor. In 1993, Sergeant Smullen was assigned as the supervisor to the Training Division where she was responsible for the in-service training of all sworn and civilian personnel and recruitment of new police officers.
On October 10, 1997, Sergeant Smullen was promoted to Lieutenant. She served as a Patrol Shift Commander and the Department's Administrative Lieutenant. She was responsible for spearheading the Department's Professional Accreditation Program and is a certified assessor for the State of Connecticut Accreditation Program. She attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. and is a graduate of the 205th session.
On July 26, 2002, Lieutenant Smullen was promoted to the rank of Captain. She was assigned to the Administrative Services Division once again overseeing the Department's training, grant writing and recruitment programs. Captain Smullen supervised the Uniformed Services Division, the Department's largest Division made up of over 80 employees. Chief Smullen has received the West Haven Police Department's Medal of Honor, the Connecticut State Police Medal of Bravery and the International Narcotic Officers Medal of Valor. She was named Woman Police officer of the Year for the State of Connecticut and has received numerous commendations.
On December 14, 2009, Deputy Chief Smullen was sworn in as Chief of Police. Chief Smullen is the 15th Chief of Police for the West Haven Police Department and the first female Chief of Police in West Haven. She was also the first female in the department's history to achieve the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master of Science Degree in Education and a Master of Public Administration, both from the University of New Haven.
New Haven Register
www.nhregister.com, 16 Feb 2003 [cached]
Police Capt. Colleen Smullen will be proudly bestowed as Irishwoman of the Year Saturday night at an awards dance sponsored by the West Haven Irish-American Club.
The event will get under way at 8 p.m. at the West Haven Knights of Columbus Hall on Center Street.
Colleen is the first woman in history to hold the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and captain in the West Haven Police Department.She is most active in community affairs and is an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.
West Haven Police News
www.whpd.com, 28 Mar 2010 [cached]
Congratulations to Chief Colleen Smullen, ret. Deputy Chief Christopher Stratton III, ret. Deputy Chief John Serra, ret. Det/Sgt.
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(Pictured right to left, Sam's Club Community Involvement Representative Tammy Eaton, West Haven Police Department's Chief Colleen Smullen, Captain John Karajanis, Officer Angelo Moscato, and Sergeant Martin Garcia.)
Deputy Chief
www.whpd.com, 27 Feb 2006 [cached]
Colleen Smullen was hired as a West Haven Police Officer on June 21, 1985. Deputy Chief Smullen began her career serving in the Patrol Division. In 1987 she was assigned to the Statewide Narcotics Task Force, a prestigious and coveted assignment. The unit is made up of State and Local law enforcement professionals working together to combat narcotics distribution in Connecticut. On April 19, 1989 Officer Smullen received the Medal of Honor (the highest commendation awarded by this Department) for her bravery in risking her own life engaged in combat with an armed and dangerous person.
On August 19, 1988 Deputy Chief Smullen was searching for an armed gunman who had shot State Trooper John Kucan and West Haven Police Detective Keith Sweeney in the Meloy Road area.
...
In 1991, Officer Smullen was assigned as an investigator to the Detective Division. On September 10, 1993 she was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division as a supervisor. In 1993, Sergeant Smullen was assigned as the supervisor to the Training Division where she was responsible for the in-service training of all sworn and civilian personnel and recruitment of new police officers.
On October 10, 1997, Sergeant Smullen was promoted to Lieutenant. She served as a Patrol Shift Commander and the Department's Administrative Lieutenant. As Administrative Lieutenant she was responsible for the Department's grant writing and instrumental in the Department receiving $210,000 in State and Federal grants. She is responsible for spearheading the Department's Professional Accreditation Program and is a certified assessor for the State of Connecticut Accreditation Program.
Lt. Smullen attended the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. from April 1 - June 8, 2001. She is a graduate of the 205 th session. On July 26, 2002, Lt. Smullen was promoted to the rank of Captain. She was assigned to the Administrative Services Division once again overseeing the Department's training and recruitment programs. As Captain she wrote the grant in which the Department was awarded $100,000 from the Federal Homeland Security office to use for overtime in protecting the City's infrastructure from attack. We were 1 of only 2 police departments in the State that received this grant. Captain Smullen supervised the Uniformed Services Division, the Department's largest Division made up of over 80 employees.
Deputy Chief Smullen has received the West Haven Police Department's Medal of Honor, The Connecticut State Police Medal of Bravery and the International Narcotic Officers Medal of Valor. She was named Woman Police officer of the Year for the State of Connecticut in and has received 6 Letters of Commendation and 2 Unit Citations. Deputy Chief Smullen is an active and highly respected member of the West Haven community. She is professional, ethical, empathetic, and unwavering.
Deputy Chief Smullen is a 20 year veteran of the Department. Deputy Chief Smullen has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master's of Science Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Public Administration, both from the University of New Haven.
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